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Wide Receiver, New Orleans Saints

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Draft: 2014 Round 1 (20)
College: Oregon State
Ht: 5’9”  Wt: 189 DOB: 1993-09-25 Age: 22

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  ReceivingRushing Fantasy
Season Team G GS Target Rec Yard Avg TDAtt Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2014 NO 10 - 69 53 550 10.4 3 7 73 10.4 1 86.3 8.6
2015 NO 5 - 40 25 322 12.9 1 2 0 0.0 0 38.2 7.6
2015 (Projected) NO       84 977 11.6 6 11 84 7.6 0 142.1  

2015 Outlook
Depth Chart
The youth movement in New Orleans is headlined by Brandin Cooks. The team jettisoned two of Brees’ most dangerous targets in Stills and Graham. Additionally, the impending decline of Marques Colston as he enters the twilight of his career means Cooks will be asked to do a lot more during his sophomore season. The early reports from training camp have been positive. Cooks appears fully recovered from a thumb injury that ended his season a year ago, and he is gaining confidence as he prepares for a larger role in the offense. The Saints have had at least 650 passing attempts in each of the past five seasons. As long as Brees continues to lead the charge, Cooks should easily blow past the century mark in targets during the 2015 regular season. Even as the team’s top wideout, a bullish fantasy owner should not overlook the lack of size when evaluating Cooks’ touchdown potential for this season. Brees will still rely on the steadiness of Colston and size of TE Josh Hill and/or Ben Watson when the team doesn’t decide to run the ball inside the 10-yard line. A strong WR2 in most formats, Cooks is already flying up draft boards as one of the league’s preseason “buzz” players.

Fan. Tm. Player
WR1WR1 Brandin Cooks
WR2WR2 Willie Snead
WR3WR3 Marques Colston
WR4WR4 Brandon Coleman
WR5WR5 Joe Morgan
Saints Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Colston suffered "significant" shoulder injury
Could have structural damage
By: Doug Orth | Mon Oct 12, 5:05 pm

New Orleans
New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston suffered a significant injury in Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, who cited a league source, said Colston suffered a separated shoulder and may have structural damage. (WDSU New Orleans)

FFToday's Take: The Saints have been floundering on offense most of this season, although it is hard to say whether an extended absence actually hurts New Orleans' passing game or not. Brandon Coleman is the most likely candidate to fill in for Colston. Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks may also receive more targets as a result as well.

Randy Moss on Brandin Cooks: "Sky's the limit"
Second-year WR set to become Drew Brees favorite target
By: John Canario | Fri Aug 21, 4:00 pm

New Orleans
Randy Moss, a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver who was born and raised in West Virginia, stopped by the New Orleans Saints training camp on Thursday at the Greenbrier resort. He was there to see old friends on the New England Patriots, including quarterback Tom Brady, but he also had an interest in watching Saints receiver Brandin Cooks. "With Graham gone, that means a lot more targets are going to be coming his way," Moss said. "Just by looking at his body, it looks like he's ready to take on that challenge. He's a good receiver. I'm not going to call him great. But the sky's the limit. He's in a great offense. He's got a great quarterback in Drew Brees. The sky's the limit for whatever he wants to do in this offense, and I think Sean Payton's going to put him in a position to make plays." (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

FFToday's Take: As a rookie last season, Cooks hauled in 53 receptions for 550 yards and three TDs last year in just 10 games - only seven of which he was a starter. It's reasonable to believe that he will double those totals over a full 16 game season.

Cooks, Spiller should be Saints' top targets
Ex-Bill RB "should catch 60-plus passes"
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jul 23, 6:45 pm

New Orleans
Even though the Saints traded away their top two pass-catchers from last season (Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills), the cupboard is far from bare. Brandin Cooks and C.J. Spiller are the two players who will likely generate the most buzz this summer. Both have dynamic speed, which allows them to bust big plays in the open field. Cooks should emerge as New Orleans’ No. 1 receiver on deep throws and short stuff like screens and end-arounds, while Spiller should catch 60-plus passes out of the backfield in the mold of Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Cooks could challenge the 100-catch mark in his second year; he was on an 85-catch pace through 10 games as a rookie last season before a thumb injury derailed his season. It'd be a shocker if Spiller finishes with only 60 receptions, however, since Drew Brees has peppered his running backs with targets for years. Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson are not high-volume pass-catchers and Graham is gone, so Spiller could easily push 80 catches if he can stay on the field.

Cooks to be top receiving threat for Saints
Opportunity driving Cooks' fantasy value
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Jul 21, 12:35 pm

New Orleans
With Graham and Stills in Seattle and Miami, respectively, there's little doubt Brandin Cooks will be Drew Brees' top target in the passing game. Asking Cooks to become the team's No. 1 receiving threat so early in his career may not be optimal, but Cooks is more than able to assume the role. (New Orleans Times Picayune)

FFToday's Take: Cooks posted a 53-550-4 line last season as a rookie before injuring his hand in Week 11. He should finish in the 80-catch range with a ceiling of 100 as a major player in the Saints short-to-intermediate passing game. He gets a value boost in PPR leagues.

2015 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  ReceivingRushing Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TDAtt Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at ARI L 19-31 8 4 49 12.3 0 1 4 4.0 0 5.3
2 TB L 19-26 7 5 62 12.4 0 1 -4 -4.0 0 5.8
3 at CAR L 22-27 8 7 79 11.3 0 0 0 - 0 7.9
4 DAL W 26-20 8 4 25 6.3 0 0 0 - 0 2.5
5 at PHI L 17-39 9 5 107 21.4 1 0 0 - 0 16.7

2014 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  ReceivingRushing Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TDAtt Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at ATL L 34-37 8 7 77 11.0 1 1 18 18.0 0 15.5
2 at CLE L 24-26 6 3 17 5.7 0 2 31 15.5 0 4.8
3 MIN W 20-9 10 8 74 9.3 0 0 0 - 0 7.4
4 at DAL L 17-38 6 5 31 6.2 0 0 0 - 0 3.1
5 TB W 37-31 11 9 56 6.2 0 2 15 7.5 0 7.1
7 at DET L 23-24 3 2 23 11.5 0 0 0 - 0 2.3
8 GB W 44-23 7 6 94 15.7 1 1 4 4.0 1 21.8
9 at CAR W 28-10 3 3 38 12.7 0 0 0 - 0 3.8
10 SF L 24-27 8 5 90 18.0 1 0 0 - 0 15.0
11 CIN L 10-27 7 5 50 10.0 0 1 5 5.0 0 5.5

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